Dr. Frank Kschischang, University of Toronto
Abstract: Lattices provide a structured approach to coding problems over real-valued alphabets — they are a bridge between the continuous and the discrete. We will review lattice fundamentals, discuss the connections between lattices and linear codes, and show how lattices can be applied in various communications applications.
Biography: Frank R. Kschischang holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Digital Communication in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. Educated in Canada as an electrical engineer (B.A.Sc., UBC, 1985; M.A.Sc., and Ph.D., U. Toronto, 1988 and 1991), he has held visiting appointments at MIT, ETH Zurich, and TU Munich. Jointly with Ralf Koetter, he received the 2010 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint paper award for a paper introducing subspace codes for error control in linearly-coded networks. He received the Canadian Award in Telecommunications Research in 2012. He has been a Killam Research Fellow (awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts) and a Hans Fischer Senior Research Fellow (Technical University of Munich). He is a fellow of IEEE, of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and of the Royal Society of Canada. An active member of the IEEE Information Theory Society, he served as TPC co-chair for ISIT 2004, as general co-chair for ISIT 2008 (Toronto), as Society President in 2010, and as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 2014 to 2016. He received the Society’s Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award in 2016.